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Prep Talk Gameday guide to Canisius at St. Joe's

A gameday guide to Saturday's big game, thanks in large part to St. Joe's stats guru Tim Wegrzyn and Canisius assistant coach/media relations whiz Bryce Hopkins.

Want a printout? This information will appear in Saturday's paper, so pick one up on the way to the game.

Who: Canisius (8-0, 4-0 Monsignor Martin) at St. Joe’s (7-1, 3-1)

What: Regular season finale.

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Robert Scott Athletic Complex, St. Joe’s, 845 Kenmore Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

Gates open: 11:30 a.m.; students admitted at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets: $4 (around 5,000 presale tickets were being sold by schools; those without tickets may not be able to buy ones today).

Internet broadcasts: St. Joe’s radio broadcast via sjci.com; Canisius video via its CHS Sports Network livestream channel.

Rivalry record: St. Joe’s, 47-30-3; series dates back to 1921.

Rivalry streaks: St. Joe’s has won four straight (regular season and playoff sweeps the last two seasons behind QB Chad Kelly); Canisius won the previous five. St. Joe’s won a series record 17 straight from 1983 to ‘98.

Last season (Week Three): St. Joe’s won at Canisius’ Stranksy Complex in West Seneca, 34-20, after sophomore Nigel Davis returned the opening kickoff for an 85-yard touchdown and senior QB Chad Kelly ran for two touchdowns. Mercer Timmis ran for three TDs and 267 yards.

Last season (Monsignor Martin semifinals): In an incredible game with an incredible finish, Kelly threw a touchdown pass to senior Yanni Zulia and then threw a two-point conversion pass to sophomore Rodrick Payne lift St. Joe’s to a 48-47 victory at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Kelly threw for 301 yards on 19-of-34 passing. Timmis ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries before leaving the game; junior Denzel Benton (eight carries, 137 yards) and sophomore Qadree Ollison (142 yards, 14 carries) led Canisius, which had a 27-19 halftime lead.

Buffalo News large school poll: Canisius No. 1; St. Joe’s No. 6.

New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA poll: Canisius No. 3; St. Joe’s No. 15.

Canisius season: Sept. 1 V-McQuaid W, 36-17; Sept. 8 at St. Mary’s* W, 30-27; Sept. 14 at McKinley W, 55-30 (at All High); Sept. 22 at Walsh Jesuit (Ohio) W, 14-7; Sept. 29 St. Francis* W, 51-18; Oct. 6 V-Aquinas W, 35-7; Oct. 13 Cardinal O’Hara* W, 48-7; Oct. 19 at Bishop Timon-St. Jude*, W 26-14.

St. Joe’s season: Sept. 1 V-Wilson Magnet W, 56-34; Sept. 7 at Bennett W, 43-14; Sept. 15 St. Francis* W, 28-21; Sept. 22 Cardinal O’Hara* W, 35-0; Sept. 28 at V-Aquinas W, 27-14; Oct. 6 at Lockport W, 30-25; Oct. 12 at Bishop Timon-St. Jude* L, 14-17; Oct. 20 St. Mary’s* W, 56-34. *-Monsignor Martin game.

Coaches: St. Joe’s, Dennis Gilbert, third season (22-9); Canisius, Rich Robbins, second season (12-7).

Canisius projected starters (and statistics): jr. QB No. 12 Tyler Mascio, 6-0, 160 (73-119, 61.3 pct., 1,253 yards, 11 TDs, 6 INTs; 52-257, 3 TDs rush); jr. RB 7 Qadree Ollison, 6-1, 205 (145-1,107, 16 TDs; 9-116, TD receiving; 1 INT); sr. WR/CB 3 Kyle Abernathy, 5-11, 175 (6-185, 4 TDs; 7 INTs); jr. WR/S 5 Ryan Richards, 6-2, 200 (15-191, TD; 24 tackles; 2 INTs, 1 INT TD return; 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery), sr. WR 10 Denzel Benton*, 6-0, 180 (31-622, 7 TDs; 16-153, 1 TD rush; INT); sr. TE 9 Anthony Kellerman, 6-1, 190 (14-238, 1 TD); sr. LT 55 Emil DiNardo, 5-11, 230 (6 tackles); sr. LG 75 Jake Muscarella*, 6-4, 235 (14 tackles), sr. C/DE 74 Pat Haley*, 6-2, 255 (16 tackles); jr. RG 51 David Koeppel, 5-10, 270 (14 tackles); sr. RT/NT 68 Ryan Hunter, 6-5, 315 (39 tackles); sr. 54 DE Nick Carbone*, 6-1, 205 (30 tackles, 2 sacks); jr. LB 6 De’Anthony Simpson, 5-10, 170 (20 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT); so. LB 25 Jerome Brundidge, 5-10, 180 (29 tackles); jr. LB/P 52 Mike Sharpe, 6-2, 200 (25 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery; 14 punts, 33.9 avg.); sr. LB 33 Dan Minogue, 6-3, 195 (32 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT); so. 11 CB Josh Huffman, 5-11, 175 (36 tackles, 5 INTs); jr. S 24 Keon Garrett, 5-10, 195 (12 tackles); jr. K 23 Chris Alaimo, 5-11, 175 (28 PATs; 1 FG, 26 yds). *-team captain.

St. Joe’s projected starters (and statistics): jr. QB 10 Dennis Gilbert, 6-1, 180 (20-37, 54.1 pct., 215 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT; 18-81 rush); jr. RB/WR/CB 3 Nigel Davis, 5-9, 190 (33-272, 3 TDs; 4-38, 2 TDs receiving; 5-10, 50.0 pct., 71 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT passing; 17 tackles, 5 INTs); jr. FB/LB 5 Rodrick Payne*, 5-10, 200 (81-637, 8 TDs; 5-126, 2 TDs receiving; 79 tackles, .5 sacks; 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT); sr. RB/WR/CB 2 Ilo Noble, 6-0, 185 (94-1,019, 11 TDs; 6-176, 4 TDs receiving; 15 tackles, 1 INT); sr. WR/S 4 Tyshawn Stepney, 5-8, 165 (10-130, 2 TDs; 13 tackles, 1 INT); jr. TE/LE 14 Tyler Hill, 6-3, 230 (7-116, 2 TDs; 10-34, 29.4 pct., 338 yards, 6 TDs, 2 INTs passing; 17 tackles), ; sr. LT/DT 5-0 Frank Spina*, 6-4, 245 (31 tackles); sr. LG/LB 54 Jack Bargnesi, 5-10, 190 (66 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 forced fumbles); sr. C 53 Wes Harvin, 5-11, 230 (1 tackle); so. RG/DT 71 Robert Costanzo, 5-10, 210 (12 tackles, 1 sack); sr. RT 64 Johnathan Boorady, 6-2, 210 (5 tackles, 1 sack); sr. RE 57 Dylan Hall, 6-2, 215 (42 tackles, 8.5 sacks); sr. LB 6 Mike Hubert*, 5-8, 160 (44 tackles, 1 INT); so. LB 7 Cordell Owens, 5-11, 165 (32 tackles, 1 sack); sr. K/P 16 Brandon Belles, 5-10, 160. (32 PATs, 1 FG, 20 yards; 20 punts, 32.55 avg.) *-team captain.

Playoff implications: Canisius can earn the regular season title outright with a win; St. Joe’s can earn a share with a win (which would also allow Bishop Timon-St. Jude, which plays at St. Francis at 7 p.m. Saturday, to earn a share).

In terms of playoff seeding, a Canisius win and it is No. 1 and Timon is No. 2; a St. Joe’s win and a Timon loss and it would be 1. St. Joe’s; 2. Canisius; 3. Timon; a St. Joe’s win and a Timon win would result in the seedings being determined by point differential among the teams’ head-to-head matchups (Canisius beat Timon, 26-14; Timon beat St. Joe’s, 17-14).

Twitter: @CanisiusHSFB, @SJCIfootball.

On the web: The Prep Talk blog will have live play-by-play updates as well as updates from other games via the #preptalkscores hashtag on Twitter.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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